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Please be advised that the Centre will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
and
Friday, January 1, 2020

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season and throughout 2021.

Best wishes from the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre!

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One-pan Garlic Butter Salmon

One-pan meals are SO easy to make! Toss it all on one baking sheet, throw it in the oven, pull it out and serve. Line your pan with tin foil to make cleanup even faster!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 6 oz salmon fillet(170 g), 4 fillets
  • ½ cup butter(115 g), melted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups broccoli floret(900 g)
  • olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese(30 g)
  • fresh parsley, to garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Lay salmon fillets on a pan, and evenly distribute the marinade.
  4. Place broccoli on both sides of the salmon, and drizzle on olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan.
  5. Bake 20-23 minutes until salmon cooked through.
  6. Serve and garnish with parsley.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Virginia Aquarium

Aquariums are beautiful, peaceful places to visit – be it in person or virtually. That’s why they show up so often in our Virtual Tours!

This week, we are at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The exhibits at the museum are contained in over 800,000 US gallons (3,028,000L) of fresh and saltwater displays. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience coastal habitats from around the world. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits, are ready to enchant, entertain and inspire you!

Video via Virginia Aquarium

As always, if there are places that you would like to take a virtual tour of, just message us and we will try to make it happen!

Trivia Thursday~~January 21, 2021

Are you ready for our 37th edition of Trivia Thursday? This week’s theme is TV Shows and Movies. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. Finish the title of the sitcom that launched Will Smith in to stardom. “The Fresh _____ Of Bel Air”.
  2. What is Dr. Leonard McCoy’s nickname on “Star Trek”?
  3. From which planet are Saturday Night Live’s famous skit “Coneheads” from?
  4. “ALF” the 1980’s NBC sitcom is from what cat eating planet?
  5. On what show do contestants select numbered briefcases filled with money?
  6. What long-running drama series spent half of each show apprehending a suspect and the other half prosecuting them?
  7. On what Lane does the Addams family live on?
  8. Complete the title for this Kevin Costner film. “Field of_______”.
  9. What are the colours of the four Teletubbies?
  10. What word is missing from these two James Bond movies?  “You ____ Live Twice” and “For Your Eyes _____

Story

In a land called Remulak, a young prince named Melmac was heading to his grandparent’s cottage. He loved visiting them and their garden filled with beautiful colours. The natural purple, red, yellow and green tapestry filled his heart with joy and peace. As he watched the birds, butterflies and animals frolic and forage in the garden he would make up stories about their adventures.

As he ventured over the hill and through the meadow Prince Malmac noticed a pile of bones in the middle of the path.  Cautiously and curiously he proceeded to inspect the pile. “These were not here yesterday when I passed through.” he thought to himself. 

They appeared to be old and dried up almost like they were dug up from a grave in the cemetery.  He remembered his grandmother telling him stories of grave robbers. Yet he thought they had all but disappeared after the new sheriff had brought law & order to the land.

He quickly hurried on his way to inform his grandparent about what he had found so they could contact the sheriff.  Suddenly a shadowy figure jumped out from behind an old oak tree.

“Hello there lad, where are you off to in such a hurry?” A man with a scar across his face ominously asked.

Malmac was almost frozen in place, if only he could get over that last hill where he’d be safe at his grandparents. 

In a soft voice he replied, “Oh I am just heading over the hill, my family is waiting for me. And I am quite late. I am sure they are on their way now looking for me.” Trying to avoid any sinister plans this intimidating man could have, Melmac told a white lie about being late.

“Well I just want to know if you would be interested in buying some trinkets I have?” The man inquired almost oblivious to what Malmac had just told him.  He opened his hand to reveal a small bracelet and a few pieces of costume jewelry. 

“Girls have dreams about these treasures. I am sure you must have a fair lass you like to impress.  All I ask is for that scarlet ring you are wearing. It cannot be worth as much as what I am offering you.”

Malmac looked at his ring; it was a gift from his grandfather, a family heirloom so he was told.

“Well lad, is it a deal or no deal?” The man harshly raised his voice.

“No Deal” Malmac screamed as he sidestepped the man and raced towards the hill.

He was quicker yet he could hear the man yelling “Get back here you willful lad, Get back here now!!  I want that ring and I am going to get it.”

Malmac’s heart was racing and beating so hard he could hear it in his ears.  He made it over the hill and up the lane to his Grandparent’s cottage.  To his relief, he noticed they were outside with the sheriff. 

“Help, Help there is a strange man chasing me” He hollered as he ran straight into his grandmother’s arms.

The sheriff got on his horse and head down the path over the hill.  

Malmac’s grandmother comforted him as he told them what had happen.  His grandfather face turned beet red with frustration and anger and said, “It okay, the sheriff will find him. We know who he is and he cannot hide much longer.”

His grandmother led him to the garden and when Melmac saw the beauty before him all the fear, anxiety and dread left him.  The butterflies flew about his head and the birds serenaded him with their sweet melody. It was almost as if they knew he needed them more than ever.

Ask A Tech Geek~~ ICloud

Cloud Services have become a very important part of our digital lives. It seems like everyone has one and almost every digital company is offering you one.  In May 2020 the question “What is a Cloud?” was answered. Click Here to access What’s a Cloud? Segment.

Now that we know what a cloud is, this week we will follow up on iCloud storage based on one of our wonderful members/readers questions.

The more we use our devices the more data we tend to save on our devices and/or on our Cloud Service. Due to this Cloud Services have become quite profitable for many companies especially when we do not clean out our storage area of unwanted photos, documents etc. Apple offers Icloud services with 5G free data storage per our Apple ID.  Multiple devices sharing the same cloud  can be a blessing and a curse. Your devices will have access to all the same information and sync up nicely however each device’s backup will be saved in the same cloud decreasing the amount of space available on the cloud.  Thus Apple offers additional storage space for a monthly fee.

However many people do not have the financial means to purchase the additional space. This bring us to this week’s question.

 How can I find out what is being stored in the “iCloud”?

There are several ways to find the details about your storage usage and what is stored on it as well as remove items. ***All info was sourced from Apple Support.

  1. By signing into the iCloud.com On a supported browser;
  2. Opening the Settings App On An iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch;
  3. The iCloud Windows App For/On A Windows PC.
  4. Through the System Preferences On A Mac;

WARNING:  While you can also remove stored items to make more space available. Be careful because if you delete data stored in iCloud, it’s deleted from all your devices. You may want to make a copy of the information before you delete it.

For more details check out Apple Support article Archive or make copies of the information you store in iCloud. If you need additional help do not hesitate to contact our Resident Geek.

Check your storage signing into the iCloud.com

  1. Sign in on iCloud.com and click on Account Settings, (image 1)
  2. then look at the Storage section. (image 2)
  3. For information about a segment of the bar graph, hold the pointer over the segment until its name and numeric storage size appear above the graph.

Check your storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings (the icon that looks like a cog)
  2. Then Tap on your name/avatar (underneath it says Apple Id, iCloud). (Image 3)
  3. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 4)
  4. For more details Tap Manage Storage. (IMAGE 4)
  5. Below the graph, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can tap an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 5)

Check your storage using windows iCloud app

  1. On your Windows computer, open the iCloud for Windows app.
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 6)
  3. For more details Click Storage. (Image 6)
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 7)

Check your iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, then do one of the following:
    • macOS 10.15 or later: Click Apple ID, then click iCloud.
    • macOS 10.14 or earlier: Click iCloud. (Image 8)
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage.
  3. For more details Click Manage.
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.
Image 8 (from macrumors.com/how-to/hide-remove-system-preference-panes-macos/)

Clouds are an awesome way to store files, photos, etc. but like any physical garage, basement, closet or storage locker they always needs a spring cleaning. It is good practice keep your cloud organized and rid yourself from those those unwanted, unneeded or duplicate files. It will help save space as well as money.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Berry Yogurt Bark

Are you still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier? I know I am trying and I am mostly successful. Quick recipes like this make sticking to a diet (resolution or otherwise) a whole lot easier!
The website this recipe comes from calls this an After School Berry Yogurt Bark. And sure, it would be a great, healthy snack for kids. But who says it has to be just the kids that get to enjoy this super-simple, super-tasty, super-healthy snack? We all deserve a tasty treat!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt(245 g)
  • ½ cup fresh berry(90 g), chopped

Preparation

  1. Line an 8×8 (20×20) baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread the yogurt over the bottom of the pan. Top with berries.
  3. Freeze at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and break into pieces.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the best known historical sites in the Western Hemisphere. Originally built in the 15th century and abandoned during the Spanish conquest of South America, Machu Picchu is a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Built on top of a mountain saddle, the terraces provide stunning views of the mountains and the valley below while the ruins give visitors an idea of the daily life of one of the largest civilizations in the New World.

Video via Brien Foerster

Trivia Thursday~~ January 14, 2021

Are you ready for our 36th edition of Trivia Thursday? With the weather being a little wacky this month, what better time then to do some Weather Trivia. Each question is related Canadian Weather in some way. Taking into consideration that this subject may be hard one, 8/10 of the questions have hints added to them. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. On February 3rd, 1947 the lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada was -63°C (-81°F) in which Yukon Village? (Hint: Hope you do not get stuck on this)
  2. On July 5th, 1937 where were the 2 hottest spots in Canada which were recorded as 45°C (113°F)? (Hint: Think Saskatchewan)
  3. This inlet in British Columbia is known in as the wettest place in Canada. (Hint: There is a bay nearby with a similar name)
  4. St. John’s Newfoundland is known as what city weather wise? (Hint: Some love it; others hate it, but these types of men need it)
  5. If you want to visit the sunniest place in Canada which hamlet in Alberta must you go to?
  6. Which city in Ontario is known as the stormiest city in Canada? (Hint: Not far from us)
  7. Grand Banks Newfoundland is known for being one of the world’s richest fishing grounds but it is also know being this in Canada? (Hint: Could be as thick as pea soup)
  8. What weather event kills the most people in Canada on average each year? (Hint: layering will help prevent it)
  9. The greatest single-day snowfall recorded in Canada was February 11, 1999, when this lake area in, British Columbia, was blanketed with nearly a metre and a half of the white stuff (145 cm). Name the Lake.
  10. One of the largest hailstones on record in Canada  fell near Cedoux Saskatchewan.  How much did it weigh in grams?  (Hint: It converts to just over ½ a pound)

Story

The day was cold and the winds were fierce as Mitchell walked down Midale Ave towards the pharmacy hoping that was open.  The radio called for it to be the snowiest day of the year and that everyone should stay in unless it was an emergency. For Mitchell this was an emergency, his daughter need medication and it could not wait till the storm was over. He did not have the foggiest idea what he would do if they were not open. 

Quietly he prayed. “Please let it be open, and please keep Tahtsa safe till I return.”

Hoping that cold temperature exposure would not overcome him he hurried down the street keeping an eye on street lights to help navigate his way.  He turned left and came to 290 Manyberries. Finally his destination was within reach.  .

The flashing open sign brought forth a sigh of relief from him as the automatic doors swung inward.  “ I just have to snag up her meds then back out into the cold.”  

He walked up to the pharmacist “Prescription for Tahtsa Windsor, please.”

“Just a moment” the pharmacist replied with a smile and then quickly ducking behind a counter.  “Tahtsa, you said, could you please spell that”

“T A H T S A.”

“I have it right here.  It still needs to be filled I will do it right now. If you do not mind to wait a few minutes, it will give you time to warm up.”

Mitchell decided to walk around the small store to see if there was anything else they may need when he spotted a Yellow Grass skirt in the tiny toy aisle.  “Oh how she would love this. I can just see her dancing and twirling around in this” he unknowingly chuckled loud enough for the pharmacist to hear him.

“Mr Windsor, The prescription is done” the pharmacist called out to him.

He snagged up the skirt and headed to the counter. He noticed the pharmacist was putting his coat on.

Smiling at Mitchell he announced. “It is time to close up and I realized you are just around the block from me so please let me drive you home.”

Mitchell was surprised but happy he did not have walk home in the cold and accept his offer.  He pulled out his wallet to pay for the yellow grass skirt since Tahtsa’s medications were covered by his work.  The pharmacist stopped him.

“No No you put that away, the skirt is on me. It has been in that spot for almost 3 years now and your little girl will enjoy it.”  He handed Mitchell the prescriptions in a small paper bag.

“Come on now, I am just parked out front. Let’s get you home so you can watch your little princess dance around.” The pharmacist did a little twirl that made both men snicker

 “Thank you so much, I really appreciate this” with a smile and a tear in his eye Mitchell felt his prayers had been answered. 

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~January 13, 2021

This is our 1st edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us for 2021. Since the beginning of the year we have had some unique weather patterns from snow to warm temperatures. Each day brought new beauty to the year’s beginning. This segment one of our regular photographers, Margaret has shared with us some of her wonderful photos, from a winter wonderland to the reflective beauty on a sunny day. With the resent lockdown it is fitting to share these wonderful images in video format with a beautiful musical piece by Borrtex titled “Hope”

The steadfast of nature and the wonders it shares with us will renew our hope and strengthen our faith. Allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while you meditate on the beauty and wonder being shared.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

DIY String Globe Lanterns

This is a another great craft that will allow you to customize your lighting to match your décor. You pick the colours, you pick the size, you wrap it and let it dry. Don’t need a lamp? Make smaller ones for tabletop decorations in your home. This craft is a great one to do with the grandkids too! Instead of a bouncy ball that you deflate, you can even use a balloon and pop it after! Try it out and don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished products!

Video via MADE Everyday

Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

With this easy chicken and vegetable stir fry recipe, you can have Chinese food without needing to pay for takeout! Feel free to mix up the protein or vegetables depending on what you have in your fridge. The simple sauce packs a flavour punch that will bring the dish together, no matter what. Serve it over rice or noodles. This recipe is for 6 servings. You can cut the ingredients as needed, or freeze for later.

Ingredients

For 6 servings

  • 1 lb chicken breast(455 g), cubed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb broccoli florets(455 g)
  • 8 oz mushroom(225 g), sliced
  • 3 tablespoons oil, for frying

SAUCE

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup reduced sodium soy sauce(80 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth(240 mL)
  • ¼ cup flour(30 g)

Preparation

  1. In a large pan on medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through and browned. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add mushrooms. When the mushrooms start to soften, add broccoli florets and stir-fry until the broccoli is tender. Remove cooked mushrooms and broccoli from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Return the chicken and vegetables to the saucy pan, stir until heated through.
  5. Serve with hot rice or noodles.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Melbourne Zoo

This week’s virtual tour takes us down under to Australia’s Melbourne Zoo.

You get to see the traditional zoo animals like the lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes, plus some lesser known animals like the tamarin, coati, and Tasmanian devil. Plus the cutest trio of snow leopards!

As an added bonus, the Zoos Victoria YouTube channel has live cams of several habitats! These will usually be linked in the suggested videos section (on the right if you are using a desktop computer, or under the video for tablets and phones), or by clicking on the Zoos Victoria logo right under their video, which will take you to all their videos. Just scroll down a bit to the Live Now section and you can watch these beautiful creatures in real time!

Video by Zoos Victoria

If there are other places that you want a virtual tour of, let us know and we will try to make it happen!

For Those Born in January

January mornings have a beauty of their own, as it springs forth new beginnings. With the cold nights have us looking forward to the growing of the days. January is unique in so many ways. It the Beginning of a new year filled with new experiences and expectations. What makes January so special is that it the month you were born in.

While we are unable to share with you in person your special day. We hope you take comfort and warmth in the thoughts that we are think of you on your day. We are wishing you the very best.

May your days be filled with laughter; your years with exuberant amounts of Joy, and your life the warmth of love. May every moment ahead be filled with blessing of peace. Happy Birthday.

Trivia Thursday~~ January 7, 2021

Are you ready for our 35th edition of Trivia Thursday and the first one for 2021? Today’s theme is all about January. Each question is related to the month of January in some way. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. How many months were in the Romans’ year before January was added?
  2. January is named after Janus. What was he the god of?
  3. Which 2 flowers are considered the symbol of January?
  4. What is January’s gem?
  5. Finish this line from Shakespeare’s play a Winter’s Tale “The blast of January would blow you through and _________.”
  6. Except for leap years, January always begins on the same day as what other month?
  7. National Trivia Day falls on what day in January?
  8. Which astrological sign is between January 21st and February 20th?
  9. On January 17 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott finally reach his goal to reach this place?
  10. What does the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro literally translates into English? 

Story

Adjusting her diamond and garnet broach, a young woman with long blond hair opened and walked through the door of the October Authentic Asian Restaurant.  Her sister thought she need a man and set her up on a blind date, even though she did not feel ready. This was the 4th one she set her up on and everyone of them turned out to be a dud. The last one all he could talk about was the South Pole. His obsession was over whelming.

Her sister would always say “All new dates are new chapters in your life until you find your soul mate then it becomes an epic adventure.”

As she walked up to the Maître d’ she could hear Age of Aquarius playing softly in the background.  Oh how she loved that song.  

“Hello, Reservations under January River,  I am meeting Anthony Reed”

“Good Evening Miss River, Mr Reed is already here. He is seated at table 10. Please follow me.” His heavy accent made it almost impossible to understand what he said. 

She followed him and admired the table centre pieces. Each one was different some had Carnations, other Roses. When she arrived at her table she noticed her favorite flowers, Snowdrops, graced the table. 

“Were these signs?” She wondered to herself.

She looked over to the man, with a dark complexion and his hair was a curly dark brown, sitting at the table.

He jump up immediately, “January, I am Anthony, but you can call me Tony.” The sound of his voice made her weak in the knees.

He stretched his hand out to grasp hers.

“Please call me Jan.” she stated as she reached to meet his hand. Suddenly there was a shock of electricity when they touched.  He smiled while she giggled.

“Talk about an electric start.”  He teased as he pulled out her chair.

Deep down something told her tonight was going to be the beginnings of an epic adventure.